Saving Money at Starbucks in Japan

Need a refill? Who doesn’t like a nice cup of black Starbucks coffee?

If you’re like me, I like it hot in the morning and cold after noon. But unless you’re independently wealthy, you might need to stop and think twice about returning for that second cup later in the day.


Did you know there is a solution to your money troubles? It’s found that the bottom of your receipt! See that mark near the bottom? It says you can present your receipt at any Starbucks store that day and get the same size of black coffee- either iced or not for 100 yen plus tax. Once you get that second cup they will stamp your receipt so you can’t move on to another store to get more cheap coffee.

You can see the “One More Coffee” coupon at the bottom of your receipt. 

Often in the middle of the summer I will buy my full priced coffee in the morning and at the same time ask for my second cup at the same time. This means that if you are enjoying a cup of Joe with your friend and you both agree to get black coffee you could enjoy this reduced price with a buddy. How could it get any better?

The biggest difference between Starbucks Japan and most of the Starbucks around the world is that you don’t need to stay in the store to get that refill. The down side of it is that you can only get one. But heck, who needs that much brewed coffee in a day?

Ok, maybe me.


Written by Sarah Matsumoto

Sarah Matsumoto is a Kansai based coffee enthusiast and caffeinated blogger. She can be found on Twitter: @kobeses


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